Articles tagged with: undetectable viral load

Canada lags in key performance measures

published: November, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports Australia performs best in HIV treatment cascade – 62% with undetectable viral load. (Canada comes second last.)

Canada lags in key performance measures

This article by Keith Alcorn was published in aidsmap.com here.  Australia and northern European countries are doing far better than North America at retaining people living with HIV in care and achieving viral suppression, according to a comprehensive survey of 'treatment cascades' in high-income countries presented on Tuesday at the HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow conference.  However, even in the best-performing countries viral suppression falls short of the aspirational target recently set by

To PrEP or not to PrEP?

published: October, 09, 2014 Categories // Women, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific

Poppy Morgan had one baby while taking PrEP and, given her husband has an undetectable viral load, is now debating whether to use PrEP while trying for baby number two.

To PrEP or not to PrEP?

Still debating whether we should use PrEP for Baby #2.  Husband says yes, I say maybe not. He has been undetectable for over 10 years (with a slight blip here and there), and I'm not sure I want to expose the baby or myself to the potent medication that is PrEP.  Three years ago I wouldn't even have thought there would be a choice between taking PrEP or not, but the more I research and learn about an undetectable viral load, the more I'm learning that the risks to me are minimal.  But are

Choosing to love poz guys

published: October, 01, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From The San Francisco AiDS Foundation’s beta mag, Jake Sobo on why poz guys who have an undetectable viral load are a good catch for neg guys

Choosing to love poz guys

I met James (1) on Grindr. Well, not exactly – he was a friend of a friend, who also happened to be a fan of my writing. We had connected years ago and intended to meet up, but we never found the time. So when James pinged me on Grindr, my interest was piqued. He was gorgeous, successful, and hung like a fucking horse. I thought to myself, “okay, what’s the catch?” We made plans to spend a weekend in his hometown, a two hour drive from me.  But before I got in my car and made the sc

Add a little [+] into your life

published: September, 24, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says “If you want to have a more problem-free dating life, add the [+] to your name. It’s really that simple.”

Add a little [+] into your life

I'm going onto my 18th year of being HIV-positive now and I have to say there are some lessons along the way that I have learned the hard way. For years I tried to conceal my status from would-be suitors. My rationale at many times was, if I get to know them first and then tell them after then maybe they will still like me. This sort of idea and thinking would get me into all kinds of situations; mostly frustration and much despondency. I tried hiding it and it sort of drove me deeper into

What it means to be undetectable

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bop Leahy talks to the folks at AIDS Vancouver about their innovative campaign “The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable”. It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals

What it means to be undetectable

Bob Leahy: Thanks for agreeing to talk to us. We’re intrigued by what you are doing at AIDS Vancouver. Explain the name you have chosen for this new campaign “The New Face of HIV” and why now is the time for it.  AIDS Vancouver: The full name of the initiative is "The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable". It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals (ARVs), which most of us in Canada  - and everyone who tests positiv

What is safe sex?

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Progressive Australian AIDS Service Organization ACON redefines what is "safe" sex for gay and bi men – and it’s not just about condoms!

What is safe sex?

This new position statement appears on the website of ACON,   originally the AIDS Council of NSW, here. Read the PostiveLite.com review from Editor Bob Leahy following the statement, ACON Position Statement - What is Safe Sex?   The HIV prevention landscape has changed considerably in recent years. Condoms, used together with lubricant, remain the most effective barrier against the transmission of HIV, though they are no longer the only option. Additional biomedical technologies and ne

Houston, we have an HIV PR problem!

published: September, 17, 2014 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R says HIV education is ripe for an overhaul. Relying on 30 year old information, we’re bombarded with the moralising that goes with it. No wonder stigma exists. Negative LGBT folks are often poz folks worst critics. Why?

Houston, we have an HIV PR problem!

It’s no secret that I’m a supporter of better education regarding the safety of people with an undetectable viral status. I’ve had many reactions to that stance and almost all were supportive. I’m not alone in this; many serious voices have been lobbying for a better understanding of the word ‘undetectable’. However, a significant minority both misunderstand and take offence at the message, claiming selfish motives to justify abandoning condoms for bareback sex. We’re being accu

I’m Positive, I’m on treatment, I’m undetectable, So get off my case

published: August, 22, 2014 Categories // Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R asks “Anyone fancy a fuck? Whaddya mean you wouldn’t touch me with a barge poll! Why? Because I’m HIV+? I’m a safer risk than you are pal. Go ahead, prove me wrong!

I’m Positive, I’m on treatment, I’m undetectable, So get off my case

Okay, look out folks, senior citizen out of control and about to rant! To quote any queen on Ru Paul's Drag Race, I’m sick of being treated as a pariah (which the Oxford English Dictionary defines as: “a term of reproach or abuse: a worthless or contemptible person; a wretch, a cur.”), officially! Where’s this coming from? Because I’m HIV-positive, I’m on treatment and the virus is undetectable in my body, yet I’m seen as unclean, untouchable and unattractive. Who thinks that?

Getting to the bottom of it: Anal sex, rectal fluid, and HIV transmission

published: August, 17, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE, everything you wanted to know about rectal fluid (you did, didn’t you?) and whether it poses a risk of HIV transmission even when you are undetectable (it’s unclear).

Getting to the bottom of it: Anal sex, rectal fluid, and HIV transmission

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Anal sex is a common practice among men who have sex with men, heterosexual men and women, and transgender individuals and is a known risk factor for HIV infection and transmission. Therefore, it is important that education on HIV prevention includes accurate information on the fluids that can transmit HIV through this type of sex. If one of these

What(‘s) the blip?

published: July, 01, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Tom Latte on what it means when your lab work strays from showing an undetectable viral load.

We need to talk…  Heartaches and Headaches  One’s HIV consultant is not too far from a demanding relationship: they suck the life out of you – the vampiric nurses, and can get incredibly pissed off if you turn up late to your rendezvous because the tube was shut.  But you can’t live without them. In the nurses case, almost literally. So, like in all relationships, whether you want out or not, you always tense a little when they send you three simple words that can turn your world

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